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Stormrunner

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Hello there. We are building a custom xpen for a new Flemish Giant we are getting.

He is already pretty big at 14 weeks and has already knocked over an X-pen (We do not have him yet). Plus we are converting an old TV stand as a bed area for him. So making it out of wood and weldwire or small (1/4") hardware wire.

The problem we have is because we live on coastal area of Mississippi - the white wood is fir or spruce - sometimes pine, but there is no guarantee which is is. And I know even kiln dried, two of these are very dangerous if the rabbit ever nibbles on it.

We do have Southern Yellow Pine here. Kiln dried - harder wood. I do know Swamp Rabbits and Eastern Cottontails will nibble on these, however they are new world rabbits and not sure a domestic rabbit from old world stock would be okay with it as well.

Poplar is available if necessary, but the pine is much easier to get a hold of.

My question is: If kiln dried is yellow pine alright? I see white pine all the time as fine kiln dried, however I know they are not the same in a lot of respect.

We could use PVC, but making a door into the pen is - problematic. So, wood is best option.

Thank you.
 

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White pine is fine to use. It doesn't have to be kiln-dried. It is the pine shavings that emit fumes if not kiln-dried. Pine boards are safe to use. I used them to block baseboards from being chewed.
 

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We don't tend to have White pine, it is Southern Yellow Pine. That's why I'm asking. There is no info on the Yellow Pine that I can find.
 
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